Chennai, Dec 11 (): DMDK the opposition party in Tamil Nadu suffered a setback with Panruti S Ramachandran the deputy leader of the party legislature tendering his resignation to the Speaker.
Vijayakanth’s son Shanmugapandian is being launched on Dec 12 under the home banner. DMDK founder captain Vijayakanth is already facing problems from his own MLAs’ rebellion against him.
DMDK founder Vijayakanth’s woes have worsened with the resignation of a senior leader, who was the guiding force from the launch of the party and to a large extent spelling out a strategy to take the party to have more MLAs than DMK. Panruti S Ramachandran resigned as MLA citing health reasons. He submitted his resignation letter to Speaker P Dhanapal. He won from Alandur.
Ramachandran had also informed Vijayakanth of his decision to quit the seven year-old DMDK party. However, DMDK said that Vijayakanth had only information about Ramachandran’s exit but had not received any written letter so far.
Ramachandran was reportedly sulking of late after he was being sidelined in major affairs of the party. Ramachandran was the Chairman of DMDK presidium.
He started his career with DMK and in 1971 he was the transport minister. He joined AIADMK and has won 6 times from Panruti. He later joined PMK in 1991. His rich political experience was a great asset to DMDK and Vijayakanth.
Ramachandran steered the party towards the alliance with the AIADMK. Like the 7 DMDK MLAs who have rebelled against Captain Vijayakanth and shifted loyalties to AIADMK, Ramachandran too was unhappy of the actor turned politician’s wife and her brother creating a wall around Vijayakanth.
The brother- sister duo is virtually running the DMDK. Earlier, there were reports that Ramachandran would lead an exodus of DMDK MLAs and thereby Vijayakanth would lose his opposition leader status.
DMDK has now 28 MLAs and 7 are on the AIADMK side. DMK has 23 MLAs. Technically, the MLAs remain in DMDK; if they defect then they would be disqualified. The speaker has allotted seats in a separate row in the Assembly.
DMDK chose to stay away from the Yercaud by-polls and put up candidates in the Delhi polls. It suffered a humiliating defeat at Assembly polls in Delhi where its candidates forfeited deposit.
DMK President M Karunanidhi declined to reveal as to which political outfit his party would forge an alliance to fight the coming Lok Sabha polls.